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Hoodoo vs. Sandy

Planning a trip to AK for the summer of 2014. Want to fish for kings and am looking for people experiences on these two rivers. Especially those who have fished both. Any info is welcome. Let me know what you think.
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I fished at Hoodoo in 2011, but during the latter part of the season for silvers. I'm actually going back this July to fish kings. I think Rod (the owner and pilot) runs a good operation. The lodge itself is pretty comfortable with good food. The silver fishing was great, both in terms of numbers, but more so in terms of size - numerous fish in the 12-15 lbs range. Another nice thing is that no other lodge fishes the river, although there is another camp run by the native corp. downriver, but they don't fish the same water. I heard that the king fishing was great that summer (which is why I'm going back), but as you know, king numbers are dropping all over AK for the last several seasons. When I get back in mid-July, I can give you a report.

The big downside is that you have to fly Penair (my least favorite airline) into Cold Bay (which has spotty weather). On my return trip in 2011, Penair cancelled our flight and rebooked us for 3 days later! Rod made a stink and got us on the next day's flight, but I still had to pay Delta $400 to reschedule my Anchorage flight back to the lower 48.

I've never been to Sandy River, but I've heard that place has great fishing.
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Thanks for the info. I talked to Rod at Hoodoo, Mel at the Sandy River lodge, and a few other guides who have guided up there in the past. Both rivers sound great. One of the guides told me that if he could only go one place in AK, it would be the Sandy. That is quite a statement, and really got me thinking. THankfully I have a few months to make a decision. Both lodges have a right of first refusal to their clients each year, so I won't be able to book until after the season this year. Right now I am leaning towards the Sandy, but who knows.
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You also might consider asking either lodge whether they've got decent chinook water on their home pool (or something within close walking distance.) and letting that help inform your decesion.

During peak chinook season days are mega long up north and unless you like whiskey more than king fishing (I actually met a guy once who did), it's nice to have an after-dinner fishing option.
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We did a steelhead exploratory with Rod out of Hoodoo lodge in 2010 and it was an amazing experience. The river is beautiful and like others said you will be the only ones on the water.

Rod is a gruff guy but knows his stuff forward and backward and will give you every pennies worth of value for the trip.

I have never been to the sandy but in terms of solitude and the chance to hook numerous ocean bright kings per day I would say you couldn't go wrong at hoodoo.

As far as a "home pool" there really isn't great fishing water right near the lodge, it is a shortish 5-15 minute ride to the first good holding water. When we were there the guides were willing to go out before/after breakfast/dinner on some nights though. This may have changed and I wouldn't have that expectation but they seemed genuinely stoked to be guiding there.

The other neat part about Hoodoo is that for a bit more money there is a chance to take Rod's super cub out to smaller drainages for day trips for salmon/trout/dollies. The smaller drainages around that area were really fun to fish when we were there.
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I've fished with Mel at the Sandy the last two years the last week of June. My vote is for Sandy River Lodge.

My first year there, I lost my whole spey line and half of my running line. Like a fool, I had no back-up. The guides came through and let me use their personal line for the rest of the trip. Caught lots of kings.

I've never been to Hoodoo.
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I've fished with Mel at the Sandy the last two years the last week of June. My vote is for Sandy River Lodge.

My first year there, I lost my whole spey line and half of my running line. Like a fool, I had no back-up. The guides came through and let me use their personal line for the rest of the trip. Caught lots of kings.

I've never been to Hoodoo.
Thanks for the response. After the summer when Mel knows what weeks and how many spots will be open I will be sending him a deposit for the summer of 2014. Pretty stoked about it.
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If I'm not mistaken, ADFG placed an emergency closure on the Hoodoo last year due to poor chinook returns. I hope the run is better for you this year.
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If I'm not mistaken, ADFG placed an emergency closure on the Hoodoo last year due to poor chinook returns. I hope the run is better for you this year.
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